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2017 Rams Roster Preview: RB Malcolm Brown Braces For Impact

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With the Rams having a budding star in running back Todd Gurley. What player will take the reigns as the backup to the star? Could it be the third-year pro Malcom Brown?

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It’s been a rough start for Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown.

During his career with the Rams after being picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2015, Brown has shown flashes of developing into a solid running back. He looked great last preseason when he lead the NFL in rushing after the first two games, ending the 2016 preseason with 27 rushing attempts and 155 rushing yards.

With his good preseason showing, there were expectations that Brown would make some type of impact for the Rams. It never materialized.

During the 2016 regular season, Brown put up less than 100 total yards on the ground and through the air.

Roster Battle

Behind starting RB Todd Gurley, the rest of the depth chart is a toss up. The Rams brought in RB Lance Dunbar to be the change-of-pace back. Dunbar’s potential contributions to the roster are up in the air, after an underperformance in 2016 trying to rebound from a torn ACL in 2015.

Other competition against Brown includes RB Aaron Green (roster preview) who has been with the team the last two seasons as well. There are also two rookie UDFA’s in RB Justin Davis (roster preview) and RB Lenard Tillery (roster preview).

Expectations

I expect Brown to either be the number two back or to make the team and to become the emergency number one if anything happens to Gurley. His north-south running style is an asset to the roster.

Chances of Making Final Roster (8/10)

Brown has a great chance of making the roster. The only issues that I could foresee occurring are if Brown somehow ends up injured or if the rookies that the Rams brought in are really good.